Last Tuesday, a federal judge in Florida overturned the state's ban on same sex marriage, enabling Floridians to pursue same sex divorce as well. Because divorces between same sex couples are now legal in Florida, those who fall into this category do not face the same roadblocks as they did previously.
Prior to the ruling, couples who had been legally married in other states where gay marriage was legal could not get a divorce in Florida. Getting a legal divorce validates the legal union, and prior to last Tuesday, same sex couples did not have this right. Many had begun to refer to this as "wed lock."
As of 2010, there were 50,000 registered same sex couples living in Florida. This figure includes, but is not totally comprised of, married couples. Experts estimate that within three years' time, Florida will have had around 25,000 same sex weddings.
Experts also recognize that since Florida was behind many other states in legalizing gay marriage, for years Florida same sex couples have been getting married in states where it was legal. Considering the average divorce rate, Florida may soon see a bottleneck in same sex divorce cases that have been building up over the past few years.
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